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Rachel D. Inman

Rachel D. Inman

February 25, 2012

Heaven opened its gates on February 25, 2012 to welcome home Rachel Dellean (Bunke) Inman. She was born December 20, 1925 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the late Otto and Lizze (Bucholz) Bunke. She was raised with her siblings Ramona and Marjorie in Milwaukee. She grew old with her dear departed husband Paul F. Inman and lived for over 50 years in West Allis, where they raised their daughter Ruth Adele (Inman) Kruschke.

She loved to recall her early days where she attended Story School in Milwaukee and met her future husband (Paul) and told him she would marry him someday. She was also impressed by the fact that he wore chambray shirts like her dad.

She attended Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing under the Army Cadet Nurse Corps Program, but graduated after the end of World War II, so was unable to serve.

She married her beloved; Paul F. Inman on October 12, 1947 the same day she graduated from Nursing School. She was so excited to be a graduate nurse that she went back to work the very next day! She worked in Labor & Delivery and the Nursery in the Obstetric Unit until that department closed and then taught as an in- service instructor until she retired at age 55.

After many years of diligent studies, she achieved her Bachelor of Health Services degree from Saint Francis University of Joliet, Illinois in 1981.  

Throughout her nursing career she was active in the Wisconsin League of Nursing, the History and Alumni Committees of Deaconess, and received the Nurse of the Year Award from the WLN in 1988, as well as the Heritage Award from Sinai Samaritan Medical Center for her lifelong dedication in 1996. She was active on the Deaconess Auxiliary as a volunteer where she received many thousand hour pins over the years.

Her love of serving included her lifelong membership of Hope Lutheran Church, Milwaukee; where she worked on the Altar Guild, ran the gift shop, and ALWAYS wore a hat. With the love of God to guide them, Rachel and Paul were proud to have sponsored several children around the world.

Rachel and Paul shared many common interests. They both enjoyed visiting the Timberwolves Preservation Society, activities with the Army Reserves, and working for the security at the Craft Fairs U.S.A. held at the Wisconsin State Fair Park. They both enjoyed traveling to visit family and friends, as well as stopping at any “Hysterical” (Historical) Markers.

Volunteering was very important to Rachel. She served for several years with the Salvation Army where she rang the bell for many Christmas seasons, made lunches for children, and helped prison women communicate with their children while they were incarcerated.

Rachel wanted to thank all of her caregivers at the end of her life. She adored her doctors; Dr. S. Basu, Dr. Chris Roberts, and Dr. Lee Hofer, as well as The Mayo Health System Hospice caregivers who comforted her in her last days. She also cherished her time spent worshiping at St. John’s Lutheran Church of Eau Claire.

She is survived by her sister Marjorie (Bunke) Kubow, daughter Ruth A. (Inman) Kruschke and son-in-law Neil. She leaves behind two grandchildren who were the light of her life; Rebecca (Kruschke) and Ryan Howell and Paul and Dawn (Timm) Kruschke. She adored her three great-grandchildren Alexzandra, Nathan, and Brady Kruschke. She leaves behind two sister-in-laws Evelyn (Richard) Inman, Jane (Raymond) Inman, as well as many nieces and nephews; including Michael (Pamela) Besch, Victoria Besch, Jennifer (George) Besch Howard, Alan (Susan) Kubow, Donald Le May, Jerry (Joyce) Le May, Raymond (Karen) Le May, Christine (Duane) Rice, Linda (Dennis) Miller, Larry (Corlis) Inman, Robert (Shirley) Inman, Connie Inman, Pamela (Richard) Schley, and a multitude of extended family and friends.

Local funeral services will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Rd., Eau Claire, with Pastor Christine Emerson from St. John's Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation will be Thursday from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Funeral services will also be on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Borgwardt Funeral Home, 11030 West Forest Home Ave, Hales Corners, WI 53130 with Rev. Pastor Alan Kubow from Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Sheboygan, WI officiating. Visitation will be 1 hour prior to services at the funeral home. Burial will be in Arlington Park Cemetery, Greenfield, WI immediately following the services.

To send the family on-line condolences, please visitwww.fullerspeckienhulke.com.

Fuller Speckien Hulke Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.